Where should I go to get advice?
The transition to Higher Education from school, whether you have been with us for seven years or only two years in the Sixth Form, is inevitably both exciting and a bit daunting. Here at The Cavendish School, where the majority of our students will go on to make an application to Higher Education institutions, we are well aware that choosing the next step - while self-evident for some - can be momentous for others. This is why our experienced team of tutors and advisers put so much time into preparing our students for making the right decision. Please feel free to speak to any one of us and make us aware of your thoughts and concerns ahead of time.
When should I start planning my application?
Direct preparation for making a university application begins in Year 12 with a series of workshops and talks in the Spring Term designed to encourage students to focus their thoughts both on their academic aspirations, and also on the personal skills and responsibilities which will mark them out as mature, well rounded students. We encourage all our pupils to be adventurous, not only in but, importantly, also beyond the classroom and through their extra-curricular activities.
In the Summer Term of Year 12, students must juggle the competing demands of examinations with the need to attend university open days and focus on their choice of degree course. Specific meetings are held to consider Oxbridge applications and apply through UCAS. There is also an informative meeting for parents and students about the ins and outs of student finance and how the process works; this evening has proved to be most insightful and informative.